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David Kessler: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief
David Kessler: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief

Where:   COLUMBIA, MD

When:  Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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SHERATON COLUMBIA HOTEL
10207 WINCOPIN CIRCLE
COLUMBIA, MD 21044
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Course Description:

Even as a grief expert, David was unprepared for the sudden death of his son, who died at age 21. People asked him, “What’s it like for the grief expert to lose his son?” He would answer, “The grief expert did not lose his son, the father did.” Everything he knew about grief turned out to be true. David had to go through the five stages of grief but found himself wanting more from the experience – he wanted to find meaning in his life after such a terrible loss. He learned that broken heart syndrome is real and he realized he would either die of it or live with it, and that healing occurs not when grief gets smaller, but when life gets bigger. This led to the discovery of the 6th stage of grief – finding meaning.

Based on David Kessler’s new book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, this seminar is designed to help professionals guide people through life’s worst moments to find meaning after loss. All types of loss will be covered, including betrayal, loss of a parent or family member, and loss due to addiction, mental illness and suicide.

After attending this seminar, you will be able to enhance your work with those who have dealt with any kind of loss. It will fill you with new insight, tools, strategies, and inspiring information, leaving you looking forward to the next day … so you can immediately begin to use all you have learned!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the world’s leading grief experts – sign up today!
Objectives:

  1. Implement meaning-making principles to help cope with all types of loss.
  2. Identify ways to use meaning to help remember loved ones with more love than pain.
  3. Use concepts of meaning making to resolve the internal struggle of “why did this happen?” and “why did this happen to me?”
  4. Recognize why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help them through their grief.
  5. Identify ways to incorporate meaning to help cope with complicated grief.
  6. Utilize non-directive ways to address guilt, shame and stigma associated with grief.
OUTLINE

The Sixth Stage of Grief: Finding Meaning
  • Why the stages were never meant to be linear
  • What is making meaning in grief?
  • Types of meaning making
  • How meaning can help remember the person who died with more love than pain
  • Why a sixth stage is the key to recovery from grief
  • Keys to finding acceptance and moving into the sixth stage
Witnessing vs. “Fixing” Grief
  • Mirroring techniques
  • The cost of trying to “fix” those who are grieving
  • Go beyond active listening skills to connect
  • The consequence of trying to find meaning too early
Help Clients Change Their Thinking Around Loss
  • Non-directive ways to address guilt, shame and stigma in grief
  • How to increase resilience and the possibility for post-traumatic growth after loss
  • Understand the “meaning” we attach to the traumatic loss or death
  • How to decrease catastrophizing after loss
  • Learn ways to instill good memories instead of painful ones
Complicated Grief
  • Simplifying grief models and exploring new models, including resiliency and Option B
  • Meaning making as a new tool for dealing with murder, multiple losses, Alzheimer’s
  • Post traumatic growth vs post-traumatic trauma
  • Help release the obsessive replaying of the trauma/death
Help Bereaved Parents
  • Understanding the impact of child loss
  • Learn ways to be comfortable with treating this type of loss
  • Supporting parents who are often grieving differently
  • Help parents sustain the marriage through tremendous loss
  • Navigating the discomfort of living and loving again
  • Address intimacy issues that may come up in grief
The Grief of Suicide
  • Overcoming the “what if’s” and “if only’s”
  • Understand the true “why” of death by suicide
  • Ways to help others find peace again
Loss by Addiction
  • Meaning making for healing self-blame
  • How to help loved ones sort through the shame and isolation
  • Understanding the role they did and didn’t play in an addiction death
Shootings and Other Disasters
  • Shootings/hurricanes/earthquakes and terrorist acts
  • Guidelines for approaching horrific crime and/or disaster scenes
  • The impact of natural vs. manmade disasters
Healing Complicated Relationships after Death
  • Understand patterns that can heal that relationship and help in all future relationships
  • Learn ways to help find peace in difficult relationships
Death and Dying
  • How hospice and palliative care professionals can facilitate meaning making
  • Understand how the death shapes the grief
  • Re-interpret the meaning behind false end-of-life beliefs
  • Why meaning can be the key to a “good” death
Meaning and the Afterlife
  • Effective and ineffective models of continuing connections for living a full life
  • Use the model of continuing bonds and connections for healing
  • Normalize experiences around continued connections with loved ones who have died
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Thanatologists
  • Chaplains/Clergy Hospitals
  • Palliative Care Professionals
  • Hospice Professionals
  • Funeral Directors
  • Other Mental Health and Bereavement Professionals

DAVID KESSLER

David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life. An accomplished speaker and author, David’s forthcoming book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, will be released in November and has already been named one of the top 10 books for the fall by Publishers Weekly. His previous books have been praised by Saint (Mother) Teresa and Elisabeth Kübler Ross. David has written five bestselling books and the popular Healing Grief Card Deck: 55 Practices to Find Peace. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, is a #1 best-selling end-of-life book. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. He also co-authored You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, with Louise Hay. David has worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carrie Fisher after their loved ones died, as well as late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon at the end of their lives. He serves a Specialist Reserve Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, responding to tragic events including aviation disasters and 9/11. In addition, he has met with parents of Sandy Hook Elementary and survivors of the Las Vegas shooting in 2017. He also serves on the board of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides funding for cancer research. David’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr.Oz and Entertainment Tonight.

David earned a master’s degree in healthcare bioethics from Loyola Marymount University after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. David is the founder of Grief.com, an invaluable resource to those who are grieving that has had over 5 million visitors. When he’s not speaking around the world, David calls Los Angeles home.

Despite having spent most of his life teaching physicians, nurses, counselors, police officers and first responders about the end of life, trauma and grief, nothing could prepare him for the sudden death of his 21-year-old son in 2016. David’s work continues in honor of him.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Kessler is president of David Kessler, Inc. He is an author for Simon & Schuster – New York and receives royalties. Mr. Kessler receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Kessler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

New York Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by OASAS for 6.0 clock hours toward Initial Credentialing for CPP Section # 1 or CPS Section # 1 or Renewal for CASAC, or CPP or CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


Chaplains/Clergy
This activity is designed to qualify for 6.0 continuing education hours.

Pennsylvania Funeral Directors: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Provider approval number: #000059. This course has been submitted to the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors for review. Credit is pending.


Certification in Thanatology
This educational offering is recognized by the Association for Death Education and Counseling to meet the thanatology-related educational contact hour requirements to be Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. This course will award 6.0 contact hours to participants.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Delaware Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

District of Columbia Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

New Jersey Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

New York Counselors: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 7.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Pennsylvania Counselors: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Virginia Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Maryland Counselors: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 6.0 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

New York Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 7.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.0 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
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This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New York Psychologists: This live activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction and is related to the practice of psychology.

Pennsylvania Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PSY000211. PESI maintains responsibility for the program(s). This program qualifies for 6.0 continuing education hours.


Social Workers
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PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.0 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 7.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Pennsylvania Social Workers: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 360 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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